Construction and Mining--A loss of demand in '96 of about 11% is forecasted, reducing steel casting consumption to 155,000 and 98,000 tons, respectively, in these markets.
6% in consumption is forecasted for aluminum castings in '96.
Motor vehicles--Aluminum casting consumption in motor vehicles is forecasted to reach 152 lb per vehicle in '96, or 828,000 tons.
Shipments of brass and bronze castings are forecasted to decline 10% in '96 to 271,000 tons based on lower demand for plumbing fittings and industrial valves.
Also, while the Company has negotiated improved terms on many of its hair care appliances, the product mix shift is forecasted to continue to impact near-term margins.
EBITDA, defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, is forecasted to increase approximately 12 percent compared to the year ago period to $73 million.
Consolidated revenue is forecasted to grow approximately nine percent to approximately $607 million compared to $557 million a year ago.
Consolidated same-store sales are forecasted to be flat.
EBITDA is forecasted to increase approximately eight percent compared to the year ago period to $82 million.
Lower than forecasted initial sales at recently opened salons combined with quarter-to-date same-store sales results at the low end of Company guidance are expected to result in lower than forecasted sales during the third quarter.